An ear tag is a small skin tag or pit in front of the outside part of the ear.
Preauricular tag; Preauricular pit
Skin tags and pits just in front of the opening of the ear are common in newborn infants.
In most cases, these are normal. However, they can be associated with other medical conditions. It is important to point out skin tags or pits to your child's health care provider during the routine well-child examination.
Some causes of an ear tag or pit are:
An inherited tendency to have this facial feature
A genetic syndrome that includes having these pits or tags
A sinus tract problem (an abnormal connection between the skin and tissue underneath)
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Your provider will usually find the skin tag during your first well-baby examination. However, call your provider if your child has bleeding, swelling, or discharge at the site.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.